October 10, 2008 - 4.0
Beallach Na Ba- the cattle pass.
People come from all over to try out this road. It is single track with passing places. Cars tend not to stop for bikers, thinking we steer off the road. That may be, but some spots have a good 6 inch drop.
Applecross could only be reached by boat until this road was constructed in the early 20th century, so the island culture remains. This means you cant fill up in Applecross on Sundays, so make sure you fill up in Loch Carron, even on weekdays.
The initial climb has a few twisties and the road is a little wider here, and gives you a taste of what si to come. the road turns to the left, and you get a glimpse of the mountains. Then you can see a fair way ahead, but it gets narrow here. Fastest Ive been here is 60. Then come the hairpins (oh yes!) Snow at this point in april is not uncommon, and these are proper hairpins. Once clear a short section of blind corners, and youre at the top! There is a car park with a viewpoint and ona clear day... wow. Even on a misty day (weather is very unpredictable here) it lends teh mountains with a certain majesty. The descent to applecross has one or two open sections, some more tight tight corners, and youll find yourself back at sea level in Applecross.
There is petrol here Monday to Saturday. You can get cash at the campsite, (and you can stay there too). There is a general store. The Applecross Inn does accomodation, beer and whiskey and very good langoustines. The sea over to Skye is a naval torpedoe range, so is closed to commercial fishermen, but not to local fishermen. The prawns grow to be HUGE, and they serve them at the Inn. Youve got to try them.
Turn right from the Inn and follow the road up to Applecross house and go to the walled garden. They do GREAT food here, and do an excellent spread for an evening meal, and idycllic surroundings.
Further up the road, a B&B is planned, and should be running very soon now.